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News Archive 2014

2014 Victorian Relay Championships

29 Nov 2014

Well done to the three Ivanhoe Harriers relay teams that competed at the State Relay Championships on Saturday, 29th November, 2014 at Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.

Mens Open, Womens Under 14 and Mens Under 14 Relay Teams
U14 Men 4x400 metres Relay
1) Rhys Rigoni
2) Matthew Stevenson
3) Alex McPherson
4) Harri Howden
5th fastest qualifier
4th in Final

U14 Women 4x400 metres Relay
1) Hannah Laffey
2) Bethany Illingworth
3) Jemma Laffey
4) Grace Dicker
4:38.325th in Final

U14 Women 4x100 metres Relay
1) Hannah Laffey
2) Bethany Illingworth
3) Jemma Laffey
4) Grace Dicker
Qualified, 2nd in Heat 1
4th in Final

Open Men 4x100 metres Relay
1) Stephen Pegg
2) Jagmandip Gill
3) Max Punchihewa
4) Glen Nicholson
43.646th in Heat 1

Ivanhoe Harriers Centenary Dinner

12 Oct 2014
100 Years 1914 to 2014

Wow! what a night, the buzz of excitement and conversation hit you as you approached the entry foyer, hastening your feet inside. This fantastic event was held at the Streeton Room in The Ivanhoe Centre, (the former Lower Heidelberg Town Hall), greeted by the continuous screening of the many Ivanhoe athletes striving to do their best.

Ivanhoe Harriers Centenary Dinner

Two-hundred and ten past and present members, descendants and families, were joined by the sponsors at this gala event. Vicar of St James Church Stephen May and representing Ivanhoe Grammar School Chris Branigan, rounded off the connections for the formation of the club. Banyule Mayor Cr Craig Langdon popped in to add the council's congratulations in the form of a certificate, while local MP Anthony Carbines was welcomed as a guest. The meet and greet time, prior to the dinner, was absolutely alive with happy reunions, handshakes for everyone, a few lucky ones even scored a kiss and hug from some of the ladies. Old timers who had not seen each other for over 50 years dredged up memories and stories of heroics in days gone by; meanwhile younger members marveled at the fact all these grey-haired guys were once very keen athletes.

The nametags everyone wore came in very handy as, unfortunately some might say, appearances do change with age.

The ceremonies of the evening kicked off with a brief introduction from Jeff Franklin, welcoming everyone with a special thank you to sponsors Stuart Oldmeadow of Miles Real Estate, Michael Wallis representing Blue Rock Law and Windsor Income Protection, plus a warm welcome to descendants of former club greats, Mary Osborn (Jack Osborn) and Margaret Picken (Ron Mill).
Jeff then introduced current club president, John David, who warmly welcomed everyone.
“It is fantastic to see we have over 200 people here this evening with most of our life members present, or represented by their families. Tonight is an opportunity to celebrate this major milestone for our club,” said the president.
John went on to thank the sub-committee who has worked tirelessly to make this event the success it obviously is, the multitude of tasks undertaken having culminated in the smooth running of the evening. A round of applause for the sub-committee greeted these comments before the president gave a brief outline of the current status of the club with encouragement to everyone to support an increase in club membership.
“Times have changed, we are a comparatively small club but the committee and I have a clear focus on what is needed for further development.”
John concluded with an appeal for past members who may still have an itch to compete to contact the club with an expression of interest and, if they don't feel up to it, encourage their children or even grand children to come along and see what it's all about.

Interspersed with the three-course dinner, the Ivanhoe Harriers "Team of the Century" was announced with certificates presented to those in attendance. Pictured below are some of the team members present on the night.

Team of the Century members present on the night

The women's and men's teams can be found in the great 100-year history book ‘From St James Church to Willinda Park’ that was launched during the evening. This publication would not have been possible without the support of the sponsors. Anyone who has not purchased a copy is missing a great read, as not only is the history of the club traced throughout the century, it covers every aspect of the club, records, Olympians and premierships, interesting anecdotes, including a huge number of action photographs, some of which have not been seen before.

Later in the evening, that stalwart of the club and esteemed coach John Boas, had the privilege of inducting Ian Campbell as a Life Member, joining the ranks of 26 other noteworthy Ivanhoe veterans. Ian's acknowledgement speech attributed the great help both John and the club had been over many years to enable him to become world renowned in the triple jump. In total, Ian's speech was quite inspirational and highlighted the many benefits members gain, not just athletically but in personal development, by becoming involved in this great club.
Well done Ian.

In wrapping up the event, everyone certainly left with a smile on their face, the evening adding another fond memory for the past members who were heard determining that the gap until next time they get together won't be as long.


Changes to AV Shield 2014/15

24 Sep 2014

For the 2014/15 summer season AV Shield will now only include 10 rounds of competition plus an AV Shield Final. Athletics Victoria have also introduced a Zone vs. Zone competition within the new AV Shield structure. Meaning that 3 rounds of AV Shield will also be Zone vs. Zone competition and there will be a separate Zone Final for the top four of the seven zones.

Red Zone Fixture

Also introduced is a new graded competition called AV Knockout that is based on AV rankings and will replace the sanctioned specialist group meets of last season.
The top 60 ranked athletes for each event will be offered participation in the first round. The top 32 will progress to the following round and ultimately the top 16 ranked athletes in each event will compete in the AV Knockout Final.

Centenary Dinner Newspaper Article

29 Aug 2014
100 Years 1914 to 2014

The newspaper article currently online will hopefully appear in the next issue of the Heidelberg Leader and Diamond Valley Leader newspapers.

Ivanhoe Harriers Centenary Dinner

10 Aug 2014
100 Years 1914 to 2014

This year is the centenary of our great club, a significant milestone, which we will be celebrating with a dinner on 11th October 2014 at The Centre Ivanhoe (formerly City of Heidelberg Town Hall) Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe.

The club has been able to secure a discounted price of $85 per head for this special occasion which is inclusive of a 3 course meal and drinks.

You can download a formal invitation and order form for this celebration. We sincerely hope that you join us on this special occasion.

On the night our Team of the Century will be announced and a book celebrating the club's history “From St James Church to Willinda Park” will be launched. The 300 page book - compiled by life member Andrew Edney is fantastic value at $30 per copy and a must read for all those who have been associated with the club. The book will only be available for collection on the night.

Commencing from 6.00pm, the evening provides opportunity to meet and greet old friends both prior to and after the formal dinner which commences at 7.30pm.

Early booking and payment is essential to secure your place, with numbers attending and payment needing to be finalised by September 5th.

If you know of any former team mates who may not have been notified then please forward an invitation to them.

Kind Regards,

Your Centenary Committee

On this day, 100 years ago...

25 Jul 2014

St. James's harriers (now Ivanhoe Harriers) combined with Melburnian hare and hounds at Brighton Beach on Saturday, 25 July 1914, and had a very pretty run over 6 miles of very level country. The harriers started from the baths, and followed the trail over barbed wire fences, and through Chinese gardens, in the direction of Sandringham. About 1000 yards from home the runners were lined up on the Brighton Beach road, and a run-in was held, the order of finishing being F. Bryant, C. Taylor, L. Everitt. The plunge in the baths was very enjoyable, but, as will be imagined, did not last long.

Source: The Heidelberg News, Saturday 1 August 1914

Ivanhoe Harriers at Brighton Beach July 1914Ivanhoe Harriers at Brighton Beach, July 1914


3 Jul 2014

For those who don't know, we understand CURSUS comes from the latin “to run” and there will be more about it's beginning and how it was produced in the early days inside the club Centenary Book that will be released at the centenary celebrations.

It is fantastic to see this valued communication tool re-introduced for not only does it keep you informed on all happenings with the “HOE”, it is also recording history and it is from past print and e-mail editions that a great deal of information has been gleaned for the Centenary Book.

Click here for the first edition prepared by David Illingworth and helpers. ENJOY!

Ivanhoe Harriers Centenary / Reunion

22 Jun 2014
100 Years 1914 to 2014

For those that don’t know, this year is the centenary of our great club, something to really look forward to and enjoy.

Many of you had previously been given a date but due to a venue glitch the date has changed so please take note and correct your calendar.

This will be a day not to be missed so reserve the date!

DATESaturday October 11, 2014
VENUEThe Centre Ivanhoe (formerly the Lower Heidelberg Town Hall)
TIMEYet to be announced as details are still being worked on by the organising committee.
  • Social mingle time, catch up with friends.
  • Gala dinner.
  • Release of the book covering 100 years of the club.
  • Announcement of the Team of the Century.

From a huge amount of painstaking work Andrew Edney has compiled a very comprehensive 100 year history book that traces the highs and lows, the stars and the stalwarts, a fascinating read.

The Team of the Century has been a much worked over exercise by an experienced dedicated group and the result provides a fitting tribute to our athletes.

More information on the function etc. in the near future.

Noel Burrows


Latest Cross Country Results

2 Jun 2014
Round 3 - Brimbank Park Cross Country - Results and Photos.

AGM and Presentation Night

21 May 2014
Congratulations to our junior trophy winners and the Men's Division 2 Red Zone Premiership team. A successful year for Ivanhoe Harriers.

Junior trophy winners  Men's Division 2 Red Zone Premiership team

Trophy Winners

First Round of Cross Country

3 May 2014
Round 1 - Jells Park Cross Country Relay was held at Jells Park on Saturday, this time running in the opposite direction to previous years. Photos.

AGM and Presentation Night

1 May 2014
The Ivanhoe Harriers Athletic Club 2014 Annual General Meeting and 2013/2014 Winter & Summer Seasons' Presentation Night this year will be:

Wednesday, 21st May 2014, 7pm-9.30pm
La Trobe University Sports Centre,
Centreway, Bundoora.
(Car Park 6)

All Ivanhoe Harriers Members and their families are cordially invited to attend.
Please RSVP your attendance to John David by Monday the 12th May 2014.

Cost: $10 per person, $25 for families of 3 or more.
Light party food will be provided - BYO drinks.

AV Shield Final Results

13 Apr 2014
The AV Shield Final was held on 12th Aprril at Albert Park. After a closely fought battle all day for third place the Men's Open Division 2 team eventually finishing fifth.
View Results and Photos.

Cross Country Season 2014

2 Apr 2014

The Cross Country calendar has been released for season 2014.

(Division 5)
Sat 3-MayRd 1. Cross Country RelayJells Park, Wheelers Hill4 x 6km
Sat 17-MayRd 2. Cross CountryLardner Park, Warragul8km
Sat 31-MayRd 3. Cross CountryBrimbank Park, Keilor16km
Sat 21-JunRd 4. Cross CountryBundoora Park, Bundoora12km
Sat 12-JulRd 5. Road RelaySandown Racecourse4 x 6.2km
Sun 3-AugRd 6. Road RaceAlbert Park, Albert Park10km
Sat 16-AugRd 7. Road RaceLake Wendouree, Ballarat15km
Sun 7-SepRd 8. Half MarathonYarra Boulevard, Burnley21.1km
Sat 20-SepRd 9. Tan RelaysKing's Domain, Melbourne4 x 3.8km

Athletics Australia Hall of Fame

29 Mar 2014

Congratulations to Ivanhoe Harriers life member Gary Honey who was recently inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.

You can read the Athletics Australia article for the details of his outstanding athletics career.

Latest AV Shield Results

28 Mar 2014

Round 12, the last round, was held on Thursday, 27th March at Meadowglen Athletics Stadium, Epping. Results and final Ladder.

The Open Men's Division 2 team finished on top of the ladder and therefore progress to the AV Shield Final to be held at Albert Park on 12th April.

Celebrating 100 Years

5 Mar 2014

This year sees the 100th Anniversary of the Ivanhoe Harriers Athletic Club. A celebration will be held at Willinda Park on Sunday the 19th October 2014 from 11am to 4pm. More details to follow as we get closer to the event.

Victorian Open Track & Field Championships

4 Mar 2014
Glen with Bronze medal and coach John
Glen and coach John

Congratulations to Glen Nicholson for winning the Bronze medal in the Long Jump at the Victorian Open T&F Championships on the weekend.
Well done to Tim in the Pole Vault also.

NamePlace EventResult
Glen Nicholson 3rdLong Jump 7.08m
Timothy Welch 5thPole Vault 4.20m


Victorian Junior Championships

19 Feb 2014

It was like old times at the Victorian Junior Championships. Ivanhoe Athletes won four gold, three silver and two bronze medals and set numerous personal bests, and two club records. We dominated the under 14 division, and it was so good to see the Ivanhoe uniform figuring prominently on the track and in the field.

Rhys Rigoni won the under 14 pole vault, discus throw and javelin throw, and claimed silver in the shot put to be the outstanding male under 14 athlete in the championships. It is even more remarkable given that he has been injured, and this competition was the first he was able to complete almost pain free for nearly 12 months.

The under 14 women’s pole vault resulted in a trifecta for Ivanhoe. Beth Illingworth was first, Grace Dicker second, and Kyla Green third. (Although competing for South Coast, she is a registered second claim member for Ivanhoe).

Beth Illingworth went on to gain a complete set of medals, winning silver in the 200m hurdles and bronze in the 80m hurdles, where her time of 13.57 was a new club record. She also made the final of the 100m where she finished 8th. She set PBs in each of her events.

Grace Dicker started her week-end with the 400m. In the heat she clocked 1:05.13, a huge PB and a new club record. She later finished 5th in the final. She also made the finals of the 100m, setting a PB in the heat, and also the final where she finished 9th, and the 200m where her huge programme caught up with her, and she came in 8th, after a promising heat.

While not qualifying for the finals, Abi Adams ran PBs in the under 15 100m and 200m, which is all that can be asked of athletes in championships.

Flynn Dicker has only been doing pole vault for just over a month, but in the under 16 event, he finished 4th with a national qualifying performance, a tremendous achievement.

Hopefully the club can build on these performances and return to the position we held in the past, as the premier junior club in the State.

Full Results

Report by Peter Rule

Round 9 of AV Shield Cancelled

7 Feb 2014
Due to the forecast high temperature this Saturday, 8th February, Round 9 of AV Shield has been called off.
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